Shotgun, hammer reportedly used in armed robbery at Village mall, RNC seek suspect

Police are searching for the masked man who entered the Charm Diamond Store Thursday night at the Village Shopping Centre.

RNC looking for the masked suspect who fled in a four-door red car toward Topsail Road

Staff at Charm Diamond Centre at the Village mall say the suspect used a gun which looked like a shotgun. Police say the gun was not fired. (Royal Newfoundland Constabulary)

A man used a hammer and what appeared to be a shotgun in an attempt to rob Charm Diamond Centre in the Village Shopping Centre in St. John's Thursday night, according to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

It was the second armed robbery at the store in a month. 

Police were called to the Village Shopping Centre after an armed robbery at Charm Diamond Centre. (Fred Hutton/CBC)

Police were called to the scene around 9:15 p.m. Thursday. One person approached the store with a weapon and got away with a "quantity of jewelry," an officer said.

New information released Friday said the suspect had not fired the gun, contrary to information initially received by police. The suspect smashed the glass jewelry cases inside the store with a hammer. 

Police say the suspect used a hammer to smash the glass jewelry cases in the store. (Royal Newfoundland Constabulary)

The RNC is warning people to never intervene during an armed robbery, after investigators learned bystanders tried to stop the suspect from fleeing. 

The suspect is described as a 5'5" tall man with a slim build. It's believed he fled in a red, four-door, older model car toward the area of Topsail Road from Columbus Drive. 

Police are warning the public to never intervene in an armed robbery. (Royal Newfoundland Constabulary)

Both store staff and police confirm that nobody was hurt.

Investigators want to speak with anyone who has dashcam video or who witnessed anything suspicious in the area of the rear parking lot, near Klondike Jake's, of the Village Shopping Center.

Charm Diamond Centre was also robbed in October by a man with a firearm wearing a motorcycle helmet. Police could not say whether the two robberies are related.

Staff at Charm Diamond Centre say the Village Shopping Centre was closed to the public following the robbery. (Fred Hutton/CBC)